• October 5, 2022
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Opinion

Opinion: Climate Voter Guide to Help You Choose Climate Champions in 2022 Election

Frustrated at the lack of climate action from Orange County elected officials, activists have created OC Climate Voter Guides for every OC city council election, including Irvine at OCClimateVoterGuide.org.  The Irvine Climate Voter Guide includes climate voting records, endorsements and responses from 8 of 11 Irvine candidates.  Every Democratic Irvine candidate except incumbent Mayor Farrah […]

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Opinion: Sweetheart Deal? GP Board Poised to Spend $110 Million to Construct Amphitheater For Live Nation Profit

Credit: Save Live Music Irvine On Tuesday, September 27, at 3:00 p.m., the Great Park Board will vote on approval of a contract committing more than $100 million in public funds to the construction of a 14,000-seat amphitheater to be exclusively managed by Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. for 30-50 years.  The structure would be sited […]

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Opinion: Tammy Kim Kills Opportunity to Expand City Council Despite Campaign Promise

Irvine City Councilmember Tammy Kim once campaigned on expanding the size of City Council. Kim’s campaign platform highlighted efforts to support Veterans in Irvine, stop All American Asphalt pollution, and passionate pleas to expand the size of Council. She has failed at delivering on all three issues. [For more background, read, Opinion: District Elections and […]

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Mike Carroll Wants to Take Away Our Power to Elect the Mayor [Opinion]

If you value your right to vote for Mayor of Irvine every two years, be sure to exercise that right in this November’s general election. If Mike Carroll gets his way, it will be your last time voting for Mayor. Furthermore, the person who wins that election could serve as mayor for up to 12 […]

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Pattern of Censorship at Irvine City Council and OCPA [Opinion]

There has been a pattern of censorship that has occurred under the direction of Councilmember Mike Carroll at the Irvine City Council and Orange County Power Authority (OCPA).  This article documents recent events.  At the May 3, 2022 Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) meeting, an incident occurred that was similar to events that happened at […]

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Irvine Will Move Forward With Audit of OC Power Authority But Questions Remain [Opinion]

The Irvine City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, voting 4-0 to conduct an independent audit of the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA). Councilmember Mike Carroll, Chairman of the OCPA, was absent. It is not yet known who will be conducting the audit. The City Manager and City Council must make […]

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Over a Year of Requests Later OCPA is Finally Agendized. Special Meeting June 14th [Opinion]

Finally, after over a year of requests from members of the public and Councilmember Larry Agran, the Irvine City Council will hold a Special Meeting on June 14 at 3:00PM regarding the highly controversial Orange County Power Authority (OCPA). All Irvine residents will be automatically switched over from Southern California Edison (SCE) to the OCPA […]

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Councilmember Mike Carroll Nets Over $180,000 in Taxpayer Funded COVID Loans for His Law Office [Opinion]

According to publicly available records, Irvine City Councilmember, Mike Carroll and his wife, Bernice “Betty” Carroll received $184,510 in taxpayer funded dischargeable loans, over the course of two years from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). According to FederalPay.org, the loans went toward payroll expenses in an effort to “retain” two positions at Carroll & Carroll […]

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Silencing Voices in the Name of “Civility”. Do Irvine Unified School District Board Policies Go Too Far? [Opinion]

School boards all over the nation have seen an increase in public participation. How board members have handled passionate speakers has been fodder for national news.  The Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) has thus far escaped such scrutiny – that is until last week, when IUSD board president, caught the eye of the American Civil […]

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Opinion: Rule of Two Leaves Public Without Representation

A controversial Irvine City Council policy, informally known as the “rule of two,” prevents an individual Councilmember from placing an item on the agenda unless another member of the Council seconds it. In the first meeting, upon being sworn in, Irvine City Mayor Farrah Khan, voted alongside Councilmembers Tammy Kim, Mike Carroll, and Anthony Kuo […]

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